The UN International Mother Earth Day

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 22 April 2009

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming Agenda 21, and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (“Johannesburg Plan of Implementation”)

Recalling also its resolution 60/192 of 22 December 2005 proclaiming 2008 the International Year of Planet Earth,

Acknowledging that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home, and convinced that in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth,

Recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit,

Noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries,

1. Decides to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day;Invites all Member States, the organizations of the United Nations

2. system, international, regional and subregional organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations and relevant stakeholders to observe and raise awareness of International Mother Earth Day, as appropriate;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States and organizations of the United Nations system.

The Principality of Lorenzburg rests on a foundation of the values of social sustainability and care for our neighborhood However, we have to recognize that our immediate surroundings are part of a larger social, economic and ecological system that we depend upon. The idea of Lorenzburg celebrates life, freedom, beauty and community, and these values bring with them a responsibility to relate to nature as a living system to cherish.

Nature deserves to be protected and cared for for its own sake, not just as resources to be used as humans see fit, therefore Lorenzburg will adopt an earth-affirmative parlance. We believe that words and phrases like “fish stock”, “natural resources”, “environment” and so on may have a negative impact on people’s understanding of the nature as something that is alive. We suggest the following:

Vi föreslår ett dagligt språkbruk enligt följande:

  • “Environment” may seem cold, technical and seen as something separate from humans.
    We propose these alternative terms: “the living planet”, “the natural world” or “our shared home”.
  • “Climate change” may seem muted and neutral.
    We propose these alternative terms: “Climate chaos” and “Climate breakdown”
  • “Global warming” may have positive connotations for many people.
    We propose this alternative term: “Global overheating”
  • “Natural resources” suggests human ownership.
    We propose this alternative term: “Living systems”
  • “Fossil fuel” suggests redundancy.
    We propose this alternative term: “Dirty fuels”
  • “Sustainable development” has become meaningless greenwash.
    We propose this alternative term: “Regenerative development”

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